Dr. Barrett Deist, Business Manager (CSBO)
Hello. My name is Barrett Deist. I am in my second year as the business manager for the Bethalto School District. Prior to taking on the position as our district’s business manager, I served for two years as the assistant principal and three years as the dean of students at TMS. At TMS, I had the wonderful opportunity to work with outstanding 6-8th grade students and an amazing faculty and staff. As our district’s business manager, I work with an outstanding district office team, with my primary responsibility being to ensure that we are working to use district resources in a fiscally responsible manner while providing the best possible learning, teaching, and working opportunities for our students, faculty, and staff.
Before joining the Bethalto School District, I taught 9-12th grade for ten years at Red Bud High School in Red Bud. During my tenure at RBHS, I taught American Government, Earth Science, Global Studies, and World Geography. I also served as a class sponsor, social studies club sponsor, Model U.N. sponsor, National Honor Society sponsor, and student theater technical director. In addition, while teaching at RBHS, I taught U.S. Government & Politics and U.S. Foreign Policy for seven years as an adjunct instructor for St. Louis University. I have also had the opportunity to be a guest instructor for McKendree University and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
I furthered my education at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, St. Louis University, and the University of Illinois at Springfield. I hold a B.S. in Geography, M.S. in Geographical Studies, and Ed.S. in Educational Administration from SIUE. I also hold an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from SLU. A few years ago, I completed coursework at UIS, working to earn my Chief School Business Official certification, having previously completed my principal and superintendent certifications.
While in high school, during my first years of college, and prior to staring my full-time career in education, I held a variety of other jobs. My first job was as a busboy and dishwasher for two years at the now closed Brad and Phil's Restaurant in Maryville. I then worked seven years as a stockman, department associate, and certified pharmacy technician at the former Kmart in Edwardsville. In addition, I worked for two years as a certified pharmacy technician at Anderson Hospital in Maryville. I was also a substitute teacher and study hall teacher for one and a half years for the Edwardsville School District.
I consider myself truly blessed to have had a variety of work experiences, to have worked in the field of education for the past seventeen years, and to continue to learn and grow as a lifelong learner. Whether serving as a teacher or administrator, my greatest joy has been, and continues to be, working with students and helping them find academic and personal success. I look forward to a great 2017-2018 school year, the opportunity to continue to work with our outstanding students, faculty, and staff. I am a firm believer in our district’s vision, “Achievement for All.”